Subject: Bug with distinct markings
Geographic location of the bug: Singapore
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
This bug flew into my room in the late evening. It is a pretty bug with distinct markings. Any idea what is it? Thanks!
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We quickly identified your Shield Bug as Cantao ocellatus thanks to the Bugs and Insects of Singapore site where it states: “They are often found on the native plant, balek angin, Mallotus paniculatus. I had seen this colourful shield bug twice, at the forest edge of Rifle Range Road and a canal in Jurong Woods.” The species is also pictured on iNaturalist and on Macau Biodiversity where it states: “Shield bug, reddish or ochre in color with variable number of black or yellow spots and a dark with metallic sheen stripe along the central line of the head. The legs and antennae are also blueish-green with metallic sheen. It can be found on the top of trees, such as Malottus paniculatus.”
Thank you so much for the prompt reply!